Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford John Browne has called on the Government to provide additional resources for the mental health services in New Ross.

Deputy Browne made the comments after raising a special Dáil debate on the issue with the Government.

“There has been a persistent problem with a lack of adequate resourcing for the mental health services at the Maryville centre in New Ross. This centre is only open for five days a week, whereas the centres in Wexford, Enniscorthy and Gorey all operate seven days a week,” said Deputy Browne.

“On top of this, additional problems have now emerged at the Maryville centre in recent weeks. The HSE has taken the decision to re-locate a nurse from the centre despite the fact that the nurse worked there for many years and has a close connection with many of the patients there.

“A number of patients have told me that this nurse has played a major positive role in their care for years, but now they have been left in limbo following the relocation. These patients had built up a strong sense of trust and friendship with the nurse. However now they are being told that they will have to make do with a temporary replacement.

“It makes little sense to me to relocate a nurse away from a centre where they have worked for years. It undermines the ability of nurses to get to know their patients and understand the problems they are trying to overcome. Decisions such as this do nothing but diminish the quality of services offered by our mental health centers.

“I’m calling on the Government to ensure this nurse is allowed return to the Maryville centre in New Ross. It’s clear to me that there is a serious issue with resources for our mental health services in Wexford considering the Government is having to move staff from centre to centre to ensure there is adequate coverage. What we need is more nurses and resources for our mental health services to ensure situations such as this don’t arise.”